Gower, The Master Scrivener

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8/4/2020 6:05 AM

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"He was slightly less unfun."




"Somehow there was comfort in coffee despite his misery; the only comfort in a black world." -- Hornblower in the West Indies


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Earning 100 Points Earning 500 Points Earning 1,000 Points Earning 2,000 Points Having 3 Storygame(s) Featured Rated 98.7% of all Stories Given by BerkaZerka on 12/14/2019 - For an inspiring display of creativity ^v^ Given by EndMaster on 01/07/2020 - You may be fooling the rest, but I know you’re up to no good. Given by mizal on 10/11/2019 - For your exceptional games and articles, many forum contributions, and disturbing sweetness and light. (Sorry about McAllen, it wasn’t our idea either.) Given by Will11 on 10/12/2019 - For your excellent stories and many worthwhile contributions to the site :)


Featured Story Kelly Unicornstrider and Friends (1982-1985) Super Quiz

A comprehensive quiz + bonus fan faction about the the underrated cult classic show "Kelly Unicornstrider and Friends" (1982-1985). Questions range from really easy to really difficult.

Featured Story Private Game for Natalie

I think putting this on "publish" makes it so only we can see this. It's just for us, sweetie. I made it to celebrate our anniversary and remember some special intimate moments together over the years in an interesting way as a present for you.

I hope you love it, Natalie, as much as I love you!

(Of course if there's any admin looking at this, or if I messed up, don't read this, because it's got private things in it.)

Featured Story Sabbatical Report Presentation

This is my required report to the full faculty in accordance with the rules noted in the Faculty Handbook (version 15.1, as of October 2017)

Sixteen Words

"Personally I can only read 16 words in one go before words stop working," wrote Mizal.


This game has sixteen words per path.  Not counting "The End."  So you can play quickly.


When reviewing, please use precisely sixteen words.   That should be plenty for your suggestions and observations.


Note this challenge connected with this game:  Write the Last Page!

Articles Written

Basic Sentence Structure: Additive Sentences
Comma Use and Additive Sentences with lots of examples

Cumulative Sentences, Part 1
An introduction to the sophisticated and elegant cumulative sentence style.

Dialogue Punctuation
This is a brief discussion of how to punctuate dialogue in US and UK English. It also notes a few rules for quotation mark use in general.

Relative Sentences
A lecture on how to write relative sentences using restrictive and non-restrictive clauses.

Semicolons and Advanced Additive Sentences
This article explains how to use semicolons to create new types of additive sentences. It includes the plain semicolon and semicolons with transition words.

Understanding Style: The Sweet Style
An introduction to style, focusing on "sweet" style. How to recognize it, when to use it, and when to avoid it.

Recent Posts

Ideas for Basements on 8/3/2020 12:18:44 PM

I'm trying to think of how a person would be unable to think of a thing that could be done in a basement.  I'm actually having trouble thinking of something you can't do in a basement.  I guess fly a kite?


However, for inspiration:  https://chooseyourstory.com/story/tales-from-the-basement

Newbie on 8/1/2020 10:48:29 AM

It depends which direction you are facing.  I was upside down when I wrote that and also looking in a mirror.  So I wouldn't be *quite* so swift to judge.

Newbie on 8/1/2020 10:19:15 AM

Well done on being born after that magic technology line that separates those who can and those who cannot imagine a world without the internet.  What flavor of professor are you?

Brainstorming a secret organization's name on 7/29/2020 9:47:00 PM


The Fall on 7/8/2020 9:45:55 AM

I did notice that bit about him pulling out his sword and considering his "fae sheath."  It was not too subtle to elude me.

June is Noob Threshing Month! on 6/27/2020 2:09:32 PM

I think I heard that the official arbiters of punctuation are actually going to be changing the formal rules of punctuation so that they are in line with Endmasterian punctuation.

First storygame published on 6/27/2020 9:32:44 AM

That didn't feel like a 1/8 length game.  You can zip through and end in chapter one, but you can also get quite a few pages of material there.  Weird.

Gower's Office Hours on 6/26/2020 12:39:00 PM

Those are of course my decoy shoes that I leave in there.  I have not been in my office for months now, having retreated to an undisclosed tropical island-based hammock where I now hold office hours remotely, the whilst I quaff a pin (pineapple juice and gin) from a halved and hollowed coconut.

Paragraphing, happily, has nothing to do with grammar and everything to do with style.  Long, thoughtful paragraphs are wonderful in stylishly-written prose.  I find, though, on a screen, I need to break them up in order to rest my weary eyes.  So while I tell my student to take their time and develop their paragraphs when they turn in their work on actual paper, on a screen, I would probably recommend leaning slightly in the other direction.

I like your option 2 above.  Beginnings and ends of paragraphs are prime real estate for punchy, exciting transitions, and so a bit of extra paragraphing gives you more opportunities for those locations.

I trust my homing parrot gets this to you in a timely fashion.

Sitting on our arses for BLM! on 6/21/2020 2:10:30 PM

> Yeah. You have to do like, at least 6 playthroughs and then you can get one of the two "True Endings".

I just hate that in games.  There's too many games to have to do six playthroughs before I have the option to play the actually good playthrough.

Sitting on our arses for BLM! on 6/17/2020 6:14:57 PM

I liked the idea for that one, but I couldn't get past the first 30 minutes.  I bounced right off it.  I didn't care for the writing or the would-be puzzles.  Oh well.